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Recently I attended an event with Ph.D.s from around the country. As we shared our research interests I said, “Wonder Woman.” Some snickered. Some nodded. Some turned away. Wonder Woman? How is that a research interest? Some of them share my enthusiasm and ask me questions including, “Why doesn’t she ever get her own movie!?” To which I must awkwardly reply, “She did. It came out two months ago…” Fast forward five days where I stood in a comic shop behind a stack of Wonder Woman issues that I could barely see over. I rent a subscription from the man behind the counter, and IRead More →

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In “Introducing Wonder Woman” William Moulton Marston builds the foundation of Wonder Woman mythology—of which one of the cornerstones is the Amazon origin story. According to the queen of the Amazons and Wonder woman’s mother, Hippolyte, Hercules was insulted by barbs that even he could not vanquish the Amazons, so he traveled (with his army) to Ancient Greece to battle them and secure his reputation as unbeatable (Marston 13). Although Hippolyte bests Hercules, he steals the Magic Girdle (gifted to her by Aphrodite) and enslaves the Amazons (Marston 13). According to Hippolyte, “Aphrodite, angry at me for having succumbed to the wiles of men, wouldRead More →

Hey Everyone, If you missed our LIVE Google Hangout on Sunday, May 17, here is the YouTube recording AND a newly uploaded podcast episode for those of you who like to listen to us chat. We had a great time and send out a special thank you to our ONE live viewer. Please plan to join us for our next LIVE Google Hangout, Sunday, June 14th at 2pm Pacific. We are planning these as monthly events. If there are any topics, games, TV shows, or movies you’d like us to talk about, send us a Tweet or an email at regina@gameongirl.com. Until next time, gameRead More →

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This week, we discuss some current events in a headline show. For those fans of the times we disagree, this is a show for you! Listen to us debate the responsibility of celebrities to understand feminism before they answer certain loaded questions. We are going to be doing more headlines shows this year and we’d love to hear from you about topics you’d like to hear us discuss. Leave a comment here or on our twitter @game_on_girl! You can find us on facebook, google+, tumblr, and twitter.  If you haven’t done so already, please consider leaving us a rating and/or review on iTunes! Until next time, game on! Regina &Read More →

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If you ask Regina, I’m not sure she’d call me a feminist — she might, but with a few asterisks attached. 😉  Even if you ask me I’m not sure I’d call myself a feminist; I despise labels. Individuals are so complex; it’s unjust to boil down any ideal, philosophy, event, or action to a single word. And that’s just if we’re dealing with the English language. Bring in any other single language — how do you expect to clearly communicate with one word? On a weekend retreat I was learning how to translate and interpret an Aramaic phrase. The entire interpretation turned on theRead More →

This week, we take on the latest feminist news in our headline show. There are SO MANY stories about feminism right now, good and bad, and we tackle a few here. What’s your definition of feminism? Do you think it needs a new name? Links “What’s it like to be a woman in competitive gaming? A female gamer explains.” by Lilian “Milktea” Chen Emma Watson speaks at the UN The Emma Watson hoax “Joseph Gordon-Levitt made a video about Feminism.” Pivot TV: Hit Record “Brick” “The Lookout” Reading “Chasing the Dead“, Tim Weaver “In the Woods“, Tana French Watching The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonRead More →

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This week we have one of our all time favorite guests back on the show: Dr. Sandi Glahn. Sandi first joined us on episode 17, where we talked about the origins and evolution of gender stereotypes. We return to the basics of feminism, revisiting the differences between sex and gender, a common conflation we’ve all noticed recently. We discuss other topics including sexism in mainstream media, harassment, and assless-chaps. Sandi joins us as we WRaP up our week, talking about what we’re Watching, Reading, and Playing. You can take a guess what social game Rhonda & Sandi get me hooked into playing again! We’d love to hearRead More →

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We’re sure you remember Jenny Haniver from Not in the Kitchen Anymore from episode 71 but what you may not know is the fight she’s had with Xbox Live customer support. Listen to the episode to hear Jenny’s journey to get the attention of one of the largest online game services and their lackadaisical attitude toward very serious harassment. Check out her article for details and updates on the situation. Share your harassment stories here or head to Jenny’s site and let her know she’s fighting for a good cause. This week, we WRaP and discuss filling in the summer with movies, games, and good books. Also, Regina posits her fifthRead More →